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Mazda has announced its brand-new Mazda BT-50 will go on sale from October, in a bid to add competition to a market dominated by the Toyota HiLux and Ford Raptor models.

The model has been rebuilt from the ground up and is set to provide improved comfort and class-leading safety technology to Australian customers.

Mazda’s commitment to offering best-in-class safety carries over from passenger cars and SUVs to Brand-New Mazda BT-50, which brings new features to the segment to meet tougher safety standards.

For the first time Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are all available as standard equipment.

While no ANCAP Safety rating scores for the BT-50 are currently available, it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the authority’s stricter 2020 testing criteria in coming months.

Supportive seats wrap around the body to ensure comfort across any terrain, while a telescopic steering column makes light work of finding the perfect driving position. A large touchscreen infotainment system offers comprehensive functionality, including Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay.

The Brand-New Mazda BT-50 blends rugged off-road performance with refined on-road driving, using a turbocharged 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.

Packing 140kW power and 450Nm torque, the ute’s reduced body weight and more efficient engine promises improved fuel economy while ensuring capability and versatility for a variety of tasks with 3,500kg towing capacity and over 1,000kg payload.

To stay up to date with news about Brand-New Mazda BT-50 and availability for test drives, customers are encouraged to register their interest via the Mazda Australia website.